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Pedal Car Collecting

Jun 26, 2012 |  Retro Staff |  1  Comment

In honor of an ever-expanding line of foot-powered vehicles, let’s talk about collecting! Pedal cars are hot collectibles that come in countless styles, and they’ve been coveted by both kids and adults since the very beginning. Say you’ve scored a cool vintage pedal car at a yard sale, flea market, or online auction. Your first

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Pedal Car Replicas: Popular, Kid-Powered Collectibles

Jun 02, 2012 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

Pedal cars have been around pretty much since the first real car rolled off the assembly line.  And it’s no wonder – driving, or the idea of it, is the ultimate thrill for a lot of kids. I remember watching with envy while adults got into what amounted to their very own amusement park ride. 

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1950s-1960s Studebaker Pedal Car

May 05, 2010 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

Between 1956 and 1962 Midwest Industries (Willard, Ohio) acquired a reputation for quality production of pressed steel pedal cars. The Studebaker Strato-Jet was only one of three styles they offered and is not an easy car to find. The Strato-Jet was a modification of the original Jet Hawk pedal car, and both were based on the

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1966 AMF Ford Mustang Pedal Car

Apr 27, 2010 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

Advanced sports car styling. That’s how the 1966 catalog described this hot pedal car. It’s a beloved item we restored years ago. The original A-531 AMF Suburbanite model was loaded with lots of detail, like a rearview mirror with a red jewel ornament, a plated gearshift, a flexible “play-safe” windshield and hub caps with red jewels.

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1950s AMF BMC Pedal Car

Apr 13, 2010 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

We restored this beautiful black and gold pedal car is from the AMF 600 series. Made by BMC Corporation, the series included the A-611 Jet-Ace Convertible, the A-613 Mainliner Fire Chief and the A-618 Hook & Ladder. Based on the chassis styling, this appears to be a reworked Hook & Ladder model. Note the fancy custom

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1950 Garton Pink Kidillac

Mar 03, 2010 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

Inspired by the design of the 1950 Cadillac, the Kidillac was the most sophisticated of the Garton pedal cars. Top-of-the-line, it featured a one-piece steel chassis, chain-powered pedaling, and a two-tone paint job. Resembling an actual Cadillac, this pedal car sported an electric horn, as well as headlights and taillights. It even came with a

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Restored 1939 Mercury Ride On Train

Mar 02, 2010 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

Decades ago, kid-powered vehicles were the norm for young children. Ride-ons and pedal cars took more work on the part of the child, but that made for a truly enjoyable ride. Among this self-propelled vehicles were cars, trucks, fire trucks, planes and, yes, trains! Made of pressed steel – including the wheels – the 1939 Mercury Flyer toy

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Pedal Cars: Collectible Childhood Memories

Aug 03, 2008 |  Retro Staff |  1  Comment

Pedal cars are kid-powered, scaled down vehicles operated by pushing pedals. Vintage pedal cars were geared for 2- to 6-year-old children, and were usually ridden in driveways and down sidewalks. It took a little work on the part of the child to propel them, but that was half the fun. Unlike a lot of today’s

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